Ashraf Fagih, head of the communications at King Abdul Aziz Center for World Culture

Ashraf Fagih
Updated 31 March 2019

Ashraf Fagih, head of the communications at King Abdul Aziz Center for World Culture

Ashraf Fagih is the head of the communications and partnerships division at the King Abdul Aziz Center for World Culture (Ithra) in Dhahran, where he has been since October 2018.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM) in 2000, before being awarded a master’s in computer science from Texas A&M University in 2004, and his doctorate from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario in 2013.

Fagih then served at KFUPM as a communications officer between February 2015 and January 2018. He has also worked as the senior science editor, and as an editorial consultant, for Al-Qafilah magazine from September 2013 to December 2017.

As part of the Sharqiah Season cultural festivities, Ithra has organized a contemporary art exhibition called “Zamakan,” featuring the work of 11 Saudi and Saudi-based artists, running until September 23.

At the opening ceremony last week, Fagih said: “The mission of Sharqiah Season and this exhibition is the same as Ithra’s — to nurture and support Saudi talent and the quality of the content our nation produces.

“I am so proud of Ithra’s role in bringing these 11 artists together. The collage of beauty is rewarding for both the mind and heart. It is part of Ithra’s mission to create a bridge between world cultures. There are a lot of expats and international visitors here, and we believe this will reveal to the world another colorful dimension of the Kingdom’s identity through the works of our artists.”


KSRelief-backed Al-Amal Arsal Center continues to provide medical services to Syrian refugees

Updated 07 June 2020

KSRelief-backed Al-Amal Arsal Center continues to provide medical services to Syrian refugees

ARSAL, Lebanon:  The Al-Amal Medical Center in Lebanon’s Bekaa governorate continued to provide medical services to Syrian refugees with the support of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief).

It is part of a project to strengthen health services for Syrian refugees and the host community in the town of Arsal.

In May, 4,575 patients visited the clinics and received 8,123 free health services across specialized departments, in addition to receiving help from laboratory, pharmacy and nursing services.

General health clinics received 396 patients, eye clinics had 506 patients, the emergency department 595 patients, dental clinics 325 patients, pediatric clinics saw 347 patients, with 125 vaccinations provided.

ENT clinics received 412 patients, orthopedic clinics 311 patients, heart clinics had 240 patients, urology clinics 472 patients, gastroenterology clinics 180 patients, gynecological clinics 271 patients, gland and diabetes clinics 65 patients, and psychiatric clinics 68 patients.

The Al-Amal Medical Center is following the necessary procedures and precautions in light of the coronavirus pandemic to provide services to patients in a safe medical environment.

Awareness campaigns were carried out to familiarize people with precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the disease, and they were provided with items for personal hygiene.

The medical director of the project, Dr. Tariq Shandab, said that the center aimed to serve more than 45,000 people and provide them with healthcare in a variety of fields, in addition to having an emergency department that worked around the clock and an integrated pharmacy to provide free medicine to all patients.

Shandab expressed his gratitude for the humanitarian services provided by Saudi Arabia, represented by KSRelief, to the Syrian refugees and their host community.